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Environmental and Social Performance Standards and Guidance Notes

Environmental and Social Performance Standards and Guidance Notes

 

IFC's Environmental and Social Performance Standards define IFC clients' responsibilities for managing their environmental and social risks.

 

2012 Version | 2006 Version | Pre-2006 Versions

 

The 2012 edition of IFC's Sustainability Framework, which includes the Performance Standards, applies to all investment and advisory clients whose projects go through IFC's initial credit review process after January 1, 2012.

 

Earlier versions of IFC's environmental and social policies, procedures, and standards are provided as reference material only. Note that in case of discrepancies between the original English text and the translated documents, the English text will prevail.

 

2012 Version

 

2012 Performance Standards (full document) [PDF]
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2012 Guidance Notes (full document) [PDF]
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Interpretation Notes [PDF]

 

 

 



 

2012 Performance Standard 1: Assessment and Management of Environmental and Social Risks and Impacts [PDF]
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2012 Guidance Note 1: Assessment and Management of Environmental and Social Risks and Impacts [PDF]
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2012 Perfomance Standard 2: Labor and Working Conditions [PDF]
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2012 Guidance Note 2: Labor and Working Conditions [PDF]
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2012 Performance Standard 3: Resource Efficiency and Pollution Prevention [PDF]
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2012 Guidance Note 3: Resource Efficiency and Pollution Prevention [PDF]
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Implementation Resources:
2007 Environmental, Health, and Safety Guidelines
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2012 Performance Standard 4: Community Health, Safety, and Security [PDF]
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2012 Guidance Note 4: Community Health, Safety, and Security [PDF]
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Implementation Resources:
2007 Environmental, Health, and Safety Guidelines
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2012 Performance Standard 5: Land Acquisition and Involuntary Resettlement [PDF]
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2012 Guidance Note 5: Land Acquisition and Involuntary Resettlement [PDF]
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2012 Performance Standard 6: Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Management of Living Natural Resources [PDF]
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2012 Guidance Note 6: Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Management of Living Natural Resources [PDF]
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2012 Performance Standard 7: Indigenous Peoples [PDF]
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2012 Guidance Note 7: Indigenous Peoples [PDF]
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2012 Performance Standard 8: Cultural Heritage [PDF]
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2012 Guidance Note 8: Cultural Heritage [PDF]
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2006 Version

 

The 2006 edition of IFC's Sustainability Framework, which includes the Performance Standards, applies to investments that go through IFC's initial credit review process from April 30, 2006 to December 31, 2011.

 

2006 Performance Standards (full document) [PDF]
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2006 Guidance Notes (full document) [PDF]
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2006 Performance Standard 1: Social and Environmental Assessment and Management Systems [PDF]
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2006 Guidance Note 1: Social and Environmental Assessment and Management Systems [PDF]
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2006 Performance Standard 2: Labor and Working Conditions [PDF]
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2006 Guidance Note 2: Labor and Working Conditions [PDF]
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2006 Performance Standard 3: Pollution Prevention and Abatement [PDF]
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2006 Guidance Note 3: Pollution Prevention and Abatement [PDF]
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Implementation Resources:
2007 Environmental, Health, and Safety Guidelines
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2006 Performance Standard 4: Community Health, Safety and Security [PDF]
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2006 Guidance Note 4: Community Health, Safety and Security [PDF]
English | Français | Español | Português | 简体中文 | عربي

 

Implementation Resources:
2007 Environmental, Health, and Safety Guidelines
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2006 Performance Standard 5: Land Acquisition and Involuntary Resettlement [PDF]
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2006 Guidance Note 5: Land Acquisition and Involuntary Resettlement [PDF]
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2006 Performance Standard 6: Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Natural Resource Management [PDF]
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2006 Guidance Note 6: Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Natural Resource Management [PDF]
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2006 Performance Standard 7: Indigenous Peoples [PDF]
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2006 Guidance Note 7: Indigenous Peoples [PDF]
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2006 Performance Standard 8: Cultural Heritage [PDF]
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2006 Guidance Note 8: Cultural Heritage [PDF]
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Pre-2006 Versions

 

Safeguard Policies

 

The following are the environmental and social policies that IFC followed prior to April 30, 2006, and are provided as reference material only. Only investments made prior to April 30, 2006 are subject to the Safeguard Policies.

 

Environmental Assessment (OP 4.01, October 1998) [PDF]
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Natural Habitats (OP 4.04, November 1998) [PDF]
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Pest Management (OP 4.09, November 1998) [PDF]
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Forestry (OP 4.36, November 1998) [PDF]
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Safety of Dams (OP 4.37, September 1996) [PDF]
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International Waterways (OP 7.50, November 1998) [PDF]
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Indigenous Peoples (OD 4.20, September 1991) [PDF]
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Involuntary Resettlement (OD 4.30, June 1990) [PDF]
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Cultural Property (OPN 11.03, September 1986) [PDF]
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Child and Forced Labor Policy Statement (March 1998) [PDF]
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Guidance Notes

 

The following are the Guidance Notes that accompanied the December 1998 Environmental and Social Review Procedure (ESRP), and are provided as reference material only. These policies were replaced by the revised Guidance Notes in April 30, 2006 (below), which again are provided as reference material only.

 

Guidance Notes (December 1998)

 

 

Guidance Notes (April 2006)

 

Guidance Notes (full document) [PDF]
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Guidance Notes (introduction) [PDF]
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Guidance Note 1: Social and Environmental Assessment and Management System [PDF]
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Guidance Note 2: Labor and Working Conditions [PDF]
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Guidance Note 3: Pollution Prevention and Abatement [PDF]
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Guidance Note 4: Community Health, Safety and Security [PDF]
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Guidance Note 5: Land Acquisition and Involuntary Resettlement [PDF]
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Guidance Note 6: Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Natural Resource Management [PDF]
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Guidance Note 7: Indigenous Peoples [PDF]
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Guidance Note 8: Cultural Heritage [PDF]
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